Today Apple announced the new updated iPhone 5S and the brand new iPhone 5C, which will be the first new device to come with Apple’s completely redesigned operating system, iOS7. Brace yourselves, this post will be a bit more technically meaty than reviews of the past. The big upgrade is in iOS7, which has been completely gone over and re imagined from it’s predecessor, iOS6.
The new iPhone 5C will basically have the guts of the iPhone 5 in a cheaper, plastic package. It will be available in a variety of colors and will have a higher capacity battery. The 5C will cost $99 for the 16GB model and $199 for the 32GB version.
The iPhone 5S contains a 64 bit A7 Chip, which is unheard of for a phone until now. The CPU and graphics are now twice as fast, 40x faster than the original iPhone. The 5S has a brand new 5-element camera with a 15% larger active sensor area for even better photos. New True Tone flash enables the camera to decipher between different color temperatures more accurately. The camera can now take burst photos at a rate of 10 frames per second, as well as 120fps slow motion. A new security feature, called TouchID allows the 5S to read your fingerprint through the home button. No more remembering pass-codes or worrying about people seeing your code. You can now just touch the home button to unlock your phone or confirm an iTunes purchase. Also new, a motion co-processor called the M7 which “enables a new generation of health and fitness apps.” The battery offers 10 hours 3G talk time, 10 hours LTE browsing, 250 hours standby. The 5S will cost $199 for the 16GB model, $299 for the 32GB, and $399 for the 64GB version.
iOS7 will be available free to existing iPhone users on Wednesday, 9/18. The 5C will be available for pre-order Friday 9/13, and both phones will be available in stores on Friday 9/20.
iPhone 5C, Image courtesy of Apple
iPhone 5S, Image courtesy of Apple